Skiing season in Sierra Nevada, Europe's southernmost ski station.
Sierra Nevada used to be Andalusia's best-kept travel secret. Few holiday makers associated sunny southern Spain with snow skiing, but the World Alpine Ski Championship in 1996 changed all that, and more and more skiers are discovering Spain's top ski resort.
Overlooking the city of Granada, Sierra Nevada, the country's highest winter resort with slopes at 6,900-10,750 feet, is the southernmost ski station in Europe, and enjoys long spells of sunshine. Yet the season is quite long, starting in late November or December and lasting until April or even May.
Facilities at the resort include some 40 miles of runs, two cross-country skiing circuits, two cabin lifts, 12 chair lifts and 5 T-bar lifts, capable of moving 32,000 skiers an hour. Two hundred and fifty snow cannons ensure consistently good skiing. There are marked runs for cross country skiing, and two runs for night-time skiing. The Andalusian winter resort was also among the first to spot the potential of snowboarding, and is a favorite among practitioners of the world's fastest growing snow sport.
Aside from being Spain's best-equipped ski station, this is known as one of the most cosmopolitan and friendliest of Europe's resorts, and one big advantage is the good availability of hotel accommodation at the station itself. And there is plenty to entertain non-skiing visitors, from an organized program of astronomical observations - no better place for star gazing than the rooftop of Andalusia - to live concerts.
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